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Michael Crabtree to Oakland decision puzzles

Michael Crabtree has not been as explosive in the one-and-a-half seasons since tearing an Achilles' as he was before the injury but that didn't stop the Oakland Raiders from signing the unrestricted free agent wide receiver Monday evening.

Crabtree announced he's joining the Raiders on Twitter and ESPN reported the deal is for one year and $3 million with another $2 million in incentives.

And this beats the Miami offer to Crabtree how?

The taxes in California -- approximately 13 percent for someone in Crabtree's bracket -- will make the player's real money effectively a $2.64 million payday for the year.

The Dolphins, boosted by the fact Florida unlike California has no state tax, could not do better than $2.64 million on a one-year deal for the best receiver (according to pundits) left in a fading veteran wide receiver market?

They obviously could offer a better chance to win than the Raiders.

The Raiders, meanwhile, probably are offering a more explicit explanation of Crabtree's role. He will likely be the Raiders No. 2 wide receiver. In Miami, as I've explained multiple times in this space, he could be among the top three options or as low as No. 4, depending on what happens in the draft.

The point is Crabtree weighed his options and decided staying in the Bay Area, obviously another factor favoring Oakland, was the right way to go.

So where does that leave the Dolphins?

They still have not visited with Hakeem Nicks. They still have not visited with Reggie Wayne that we know of -- the team does not have to report visits with street free agents.

The visits with Greg Jennings and Wes Welker resulted in pleasantries but no deal.

It is likely the Dolphins have a one-year, $2 million offer sitting out there for some veteran receiver. That deal probably doesn't include a lot of guaranteed money.

Whomever raises his hand first probably gets the deal.

But so far, no one is rushing to put pen to contract paper.

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